Diabetic foot care performed by podiatrists in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Foot problems commonly develop in people with diabetes and can quickly become serious.

Do you want to avoid serious foot problems that can lead to a toe, foot, or leg amputation? It’s all about taking good care of your feet. Foot care is very important for every person with diabetes, but especially if you have:

Nerve damage can cause you to lose feeling in your feet. You may not feel a pebble inside your sock that is causing a sore. You may not feel a blister caused by poorly fitting shoes. Foot injuries such as these can cause ulcers, which may lead to amputation.

Keeping your blood glucose (sugar) in good control and taking care of your feet every day can help you avoid serious foot problems.

Share your plan with your foot doctor / podiatrist and get his/her help when you need it. There is a lot you can do to prevent serious problems with your feet. Here’s how:

Brooklyn Foot Doctor - Diabetic Foot Care Tips

1. Take care of your diabetes.

 

*A1C is an average measure of your blood glucose over a 3-month period.
 

2. Check your feet every day.

You may have serious foot problems, but feel no pain. Check your feet for cuts, sores, red spots, swelling, and infected toenails. Find a time (evening is best) to check your feet each day. Make checking your feet part of your every day routine.  If you have trouble bending over to see your feet, use a plastic mirror to help. You also can ask a family member or caregiver to help you.

Make sure to call your Brooklyn Foot Doctor Podiatrist at 718-266-1986 team right away if a cut, sore, blister, or bruise on your foot does not begin to heal after one day.

 

3. Wash your feet every day.

4. Keep the skin soft and smooth.

 

5. Smooth corns and calluses gently.

6. Trim your toenails each week or when needed.

7. Wear shoes and socks at all times.

 

8. Protect your feet from hot and cold.

 

9. Keep the blood flowing to your feet.

10. Be more active.

11. Be sure to ask your Foot Doctor / Podiatrist to:

12. Get started now.

13. Tips for Proper Footwear

* Extra depth shoes look like athletic or walking shoes, but have more room in them. The extra room allows for different shaped feet and toes or for special inserts made to fit your feet.

 

14. Ask your doctor about Medicare or other insurance coverage for special footwear.

You may need special shoes or shoe inserts to prevent serious foot problems. If you have Medicare Part B insurance, you may be able to get some of the cost of special shoes or inserts paid for. Ask your doctor whether you qualify for

If you qualify for Medicare or other insurance coverage and would benefit from the use of the shoes, your Brooklyn foot doctor or podiatrist will tell you how to get your special shoes.

Ask your doctor to check the sense of feeling in your feet.

Brooklyn Podiatrist - Diabetic Foot Care, Ulcers

For more information on diabetes and your feet and diabetic foot care or to make an appointment with the Brooklyn Podiatrist Diabetic Foot Doctor, please call (718) 266-1986 or click here to make an appointment.

 

For more information about Diabetes, please contact:

American Diabetes Association
www.diabetes.org
800-DIABETES (800-342-2383)